Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Title

New Reaction of Neutron-Proton Conversion


Using our models of composite particles as consisting just of two types of elementary basic charges, +e/3 and -e/3, we suggest that in any nuclear reaction the total numbers of basic charges of each of the two types are conserved. That means that in any nuclear reaction, the basic elementary charges present in the reactants can join in different combinations to form the products of the reaction. This is like a balanced chemical equation where the number of atoms of each element is conserved. We apply this suggested principle of conservation of basic elementary charges in any nuclear reaction to suggest an explanation of the mechanism of the neutron-proton transmutation in the beta-minus and beta-plus decays. We suggest that another type of transmutation reaction, that does not lead to emission of an electron or positron, is feasible. The suggested new reaction of neutron-proton conversion is reversible and can go preferably in that or the other direction, depending on the relative availability of the reactant (neutrons and protons) in a nucleus.

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Publication Date

Summer 6-29-2023


Physics Department

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Nuclear Commons


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